How to Minimize Skype and Windows Live Messenger to the System Tray in Windows 7


How to Minimize Skype and Windows Live Messenger to the System Tray in Windows 7

January 28, 2012
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Have you ever wondered how to close Windows Live Messenger or Skype but still leave it running so you can only have it in your task bar when you need it? I have, and it was driving me nuts! Yes you can close these apps without exiting out of them completely!

Firstly, if you didn’t already know, here’s where the system tray is located in Windows 7. If you click on the little arrow, it will show the apps you have running. In this tutorial you will learn how to minimize both Skype and Windows Live Messenger.
I don’t use these apps all of the time, but when I do, – I would like for them to be out of the way and only available when I need them. You can still get notifications from the system tray and also minimize active conversations to the taskbar itself.

How to Minimize Skype to the System Tray in Windows 7:

1. Tools> 2.Options> 3. Advanced>Advanced Settings>
4.Uncheck “Keep Skype in the taskbar while I’m signed in.

How to Minimize Windows Live Messenger to the System Tray in Windows 7:

Turn off Windows Live messenger by right clicking on icon in task bar>Close Window

1. Click on Start Menu>All Programs2. Scroll for “Windows Live Messenger” or “Windows Live>Windows Live Messenger”

3. Right click on “Windows Live Messenger” and click on “Properties”

4. Click on “Compatibility” Tab5. Check “Run this program in compatibility mode for: Windows Vista”6. Click Apply>OK
You can now re-start your messaging apps when you need them, and they won’t take up valuable taskbar real estate unless you need them for a conversation. 
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    6 Comments

    1. Paul Ebbens August 20, 2012 5:58 pm

      Why can't their be an option to do that already in Windows 7 🙁

      Reply
    2. Anonymous August 25, 2012 12:42 am

      Cool but how for windows 8 ?

      Reply
    3. Mike L September 17, 2012 2:12 pm

      Doh! Neither of these work in windows 8. Anyone have any bright ideas? 🙂

      Reply
    4. Marko October 29, 2012 8:18 am

      As for Windows Live Messenger and Windows 8, go to the Start screen, right click the WLM icon, choose "open file location" (or whatever it's called in the English version, the location should be C:ProgramDataMicrosoftWindowsStart MenuPrograms) and then do the steps 3-6 as explained above.

      Reply
    5. Wanda October 29, 2012 10:11 pm

      I tried this handy tip for skype and keep getting a popup message about invalid port when I try to save my options.

      Reply
    6. Anonymous November 5, 2012 5:00 am

      Unfortunately it does not work with Windows 8. It gets stuck on the sign in screen and then crashes.

      Reply

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